On Tuesday (I know...it's taken me a while to post!) I went grocery shopping. But this time, instead of trying to select groceries and hope I could make something, I went prepared. I printed out a dozen or so recipes that I wanted to try, and I entered all the ingredients into my Ziplist app. Ziplist will import recipes from many blogs and other sites, and when you tell it which recipes you want, it creates a shopping list. I had not set up my recipes on the Ziplist, so I just typed the ingredients one at a time. Ziplist automatically put it in categories. (And it did a good job!)
Before I went to the store, I compared my shopping list to my cupboards and pantry. By doing this, I avoided picking up spices that were in the cupboard---and I didn't assume I had something and found out half way through the recipe that I was wrong.
At the store, I was able to quickly shop (well....as quickly as you can at Wal-Mart!). I got everything on my list (and a few others). But I knew when I got home that I had ingredients for several meals.
I fed the starving kiddos (frozen pizzas and mini corndogs). Hey, it's gonna take some time to get rid of the processed stuff! And then I was ready for my cooking adventure to begin.
I cooked up 5 pounds of ground beef. I lightly seasoned it (garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder) and drained. I vacuum sealed a couple of pounds (one pound at a time); used about a pound and a half for sloppy joes (in the freezer); and the rest for a frozen crockpot lasagna. (More on that later).
I put as many boneless skinless chicken breasts as I could fit into the crockpot with basic spices (garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder) and some water and let them cook all night. In the morning, I shredded all the chicken and vacuum sealed the chicken into to 2 cup portions. I also vacuum sealed the broth.
I mixed up spices to make my own taco seasoning. They are in a Ziploc bag with instructions on it.
I put the 3 packets for my 3 Packet Pot Roast in a Ziplock bag with instructions.
I mixed stew meat (uncooked) with ingredients for a crockpot stroganoff and put it in the freezer.
I bought ingredients for a Beef Broccoli Stir-Fry, Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Chicken, Lasagna roll ups,
Cheesy Chicken Ranch Lasagna, Roasted Lemon Garlic Shrimp, Honey Butter Pork Tenderloin, Pepperoni Roll, and Crescent Pepperoni Roll Ups.
I went to bed EXHAUSTED, but I felt good knowing how much I had accomplished!